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The Ice Cave Beneath the Volcano - From Vik - AA33

Amazing Katla Ice Cave Tour - Self Drive - Meet us there

Step off the usual tourist trail and do something totally different. You enter Katla´s glacier, Kötlujökull, through a truly magical ‘gateway’ as high blue/black ice-walls stand like sentinels on either side of you. Inside this ice-dome you will feel you are in a magical Hollywood scene.

This tour is a meet on location from Vík. If you need a pick-up from Reykjavik please see our other tour:
The Ice Cave under the Volcano from Reykjavík


Duration: ~3 hours

Departure time: 09:00 & 12:15

Available: All year

Age limit: 10

Difficulty: Easy

Map (click here)

Tour Highlights:
  • Scenic Super Jeep Ride
  • View over Myrdalsjokull Glacier
  • Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
  • Epic Landscapes & Scenery

Included Super Jeep ride to the glacier, visit to a natural ice cave in Kötlujökull glacier with a specialist glacier/ice cave guide and crampons for walking on the ice.  

Meeting Location The Meeting location near the "The Ice Cave Café in Vík / Icewear Store / Vík Wool" By the entrance you will be able to find our guide holding an "Extreme Iceland/Arctic Adventures" sign or standing by a superjeep marked "Extreme Iceland/Arctic Adventures"

Click here to watch a video from "the Ice Cave Beneath the Volcano" tour!

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19 990 per adult

Children (10-15): 14 990 ISK

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Tour Description

Step off the usual tourist trail and do something totally different. You enter Katla´s glacier, Kötlujökull, through a truly magical ‘gateway’ as high blue/black ice-walls stand like sentinels on either side of you. Inside this ice-dome you will feel you are in a magical Hollywood scene. With this incredible ice cave the hand of nature has truly outdone even Michelangelo!

This tour is also offered with pick up from Reykjavík

katla volcano ice cave tour

Inside the Katla Ice Cave

Kötlujökull, the outlet glacier which is home to this unbelievably stunning ice cave, is part of the majestic and very famous Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The name, Kötlujökull, serves to remind us that the capricious volcano, Katla, has its home beneath this icecap. The twin elements of Mýrdalsjökulls ice and Katla´s infernal fire have certainly combined to create a stupendous wonder of nature. On this really exciting Super Jeep tour we take you to the biggest and the best Katla Ice Cave. Many people are calling this ‘Katla´s Ice Cave Dome’, stepping in through the glorious but totally natural entrance you will understand why.   

Your tour starts at Vík (about 2.5 hours driving time from Reykjavík) where you will meet everyone onboard the tough Super Jeep. To begin with we travel in an easterly direction, however, before long we turn off Highway 1 for the incredibly exciting journey to Kötlujökull. Leaving signs of habitation far behind us we traverse the roughest tracks, always heading for the root of the magnificent Kötlujökull glacier - this outback journey through mountain scenery is an exhilarating adventure in itself!

Katla volcano ice cave tour

Outside the Cave in the Winter Sun

The kind of sights that will greet you when we stop at the base of Kötlujökull glacier are not so easy to portray in words. Your first impression will be of stripe upon stripe of differently colored ice forming stunning layers in the glacial ice. You gaze is then likely to fall upon an opening in the glacier, rather like the entrance to a magical fairytale world. Blue black ice-walls will flank you on each side as you venture more deeply into the ice cave. This is a totally stunning and unearthly place, incredible blue, black and white ice will envelope you in its midst. There is even a place where the glacier is open to the sky, making people feel as though they are standing beneath a high cathedral dome. Visiting the Katla Ice Cave is a totally mesmerizing, and also an educational experience. Your guide will share the fascinating history of the ice cave with you, together with some interesting facts about the glacier and the surrounding area.

Katla volcano ice cave tour

Venturing into the cave

When we step out of the cave we will take a look around and see if there are any accessible little ice caves. The drive back to Vík will give you a whole new vantage point on some incredible vistas, in winter the sun will sink behind the mountains giving a wonderful sunset. On this tour you should keep your camera to hand!  

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Inside the world of ice!


Disclaimer: Ice caves are an ever-changing phenomena and highly dependent on weather conditions. Therefore, we reserve the right to alter or cancel the tour if conditions are not safe.


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